How to install ATI Video Card in you linux System

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I have test this script in my computer, and it works, but you know the relationship between ATI and systems Linux, and believe which is much better. I'm using Debian, anywhere system Debian based the configuration should be similar.

Open your terminal and write the next commands:

The next command it is for for install some dependencies and some packets needed to install correctly the driver.

$ sudo apt-get install module-assistant build-essential fakeroot dh-make debconf bzip2 wget

After that command you go download the driver ati

$ wget -c

Now you need run the installation

$ ./ --extract fglrx

Open the directory fglrx

$ cd fglrx/arch/x86_64/usr/X11R6

Probably you have a some files in this directory, such as...

$ ln -s lib64 lib
## One more link needed for 8.2
## begin 8.2
$ ln -sf lib/
## end 8.2 ;-)

$ cd -
$ sudo ./packages/Debian/ --buildpkg etch #replace with lenny or sid when appropriete
$ cd ..

$ sudo dpkg -i fglrx-driver_8.42.3-1_amd64.deb fglrx-driver-dev_8.42.3-1_amd64.deb fglrx-kernel-src_8.42.3-1_amd64.deb fglrx-amdcccle_8.42.3-1_amd64.deb

OK, after input this commands, reboot your machine...

After reboot run this command:

$ fglrxinfo

And the result of this command should be similar to:

algoreal@dhcp-10-187:~$ fglrxinfo
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI MOBILITY RADEON X700
OpenGL version string: 2.1.7281 Release

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16 Responses

  1. Gunadi says:

    dear sir
    what is the meaning of below command?
    $ sudo apt-get install module-assistant build-essential fakeroot dh-make debconf
    Do we will iintal 4 package i.e : module, assistant build,essential fakeroot dh and make debconf? or what?
    I am sorry i try to learn the command line and since my internet connection is very bad I prefer to use DVD repo for install packege, unfortunately latest ATI card is not available,
    fortunately one my friends has it. our ATI card is ATI radeon X550. could you help us.
    salam (greeting in Indonesia)

  2. rdoursenaud says:

    Yes, this command will install the packages listed :
    module-assistant : A tool to help you build your own modules the debian/ubuntu way
    build-essential : A metapackage linked to all the essential tools you need to build from source
    dh-make and debconf : scripts to make packaging easier

  3. DoruHush says:

    Please do something to show the entire command line content, because it is very important.
    These is what I can see on an 4:3 format monitor:
    “$ wget -c
    “$ sudo apt-get install module-assistant buil”
    “$ sudo dpkg -i fglrx-driver_8.42.3-1_amd64.deb fglrx-driver-dev_8.42.3-1_amd64.deb fglrx-”

    I like to read first what is all about before I can apply those commands.

  4. DoruHush says:

    And the tip you are talking do not refer to Ubuntu. It is for Debian,
    they are brothers but they are not the same.
    Do something, please.

  5. admin says:

    i would suggest envy tool to install ATI and Nvidia drivers in Ubuntu check here

    some good article check this

  6. Jake says:

    Envy is great. I would also suggest taking a look here

  7. DoruHush says:

    Thank you for your quick response. I already knew those things and Envy works.
    I was talking about the fact that the command lines posted in this article can not be viewed on a normal display monitor (4:3 format). I have no idea what the author want
    to say, I can’t read the entire command line because it is too long.
    I don’t use this site just for me, I recommend the articles to many peoples and they seems to have the same problem.
    I have no problem with the driver installation, I just want to see an other method if there is one and recommend it if possible.

  8. AdamB says:

    @DoruHush: You would have to have an 800 by 600 pixel screen to not be able to see that command. I think today’s acceptable standards are assuming 1024 by 768.
    Perhaps, as a work around, you could copy+paste the test into your own word processor to get some text wrap.

  9. Tony says:

    I would like to advise the fellow readers to take EXTREME CAUTION when using envy. I have used it on my laptop 3 times , each after a fresh install. The first time I got decent results. The second time worked out well. The third time completely borked my sem and left me with no gui and no way to restore the gui. So I say again, use Envy with caution. Back uo the important stuff first. Envy usually installs without a hitch but you just never know.

  10. Marc says:

    Hi, i have a problem, when i type:

    $ ./ –extract fglrx

    i get:

    -bash: ./ Permission denied

    Can anyone help me?


  11. admin says:

    try to run as sudo

    sudo ./ –extract fglrx

  12. Marc says:

    I tried it with sudo.
    It asks me for a password. After I enter the password I get the following:

    sudo: ./ command not found

    What am I doing wrong??

  13. LUC@X says:

    Hey Mark, just get into the directory where the ati_driver is, use cd //home/…/Desktop for example if it? on your desktop… the use sudo sh

  14. LUC@X says:

    Ready, i installed my Ati Radeon X1550 on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Hardy — Compiz Fusion working 100% ;-D — just follow this simply steps !!!

    it is a complete step by step perfect guide to install the driver succesfully on any distro just changing some little things (if privative software windos* has not completely sucked up your brain)…

    Enjoy Compiz… Enjoy Linux… is open for all, completely Legal and Free to use

    LUC@X (–Mérida– Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela)

  15. Jenn says:

    oh no!!! After the reboot I get the splash screen and think all is fine, then the whole screen goes black with a few blk and white horizontal bars (red vertical lines through thosee bars). What happened? I’m using my laptop right now

  16. Bill says:

    I need to re-install my ATI Radeon HD4250 drivers for the VGA port to work in Linux Mint Debian 12.04 MATE/Xfce/Cinnamon. I misdiagnosed a monitor problem and crashed my vga output trying to update drivers from AMD site. Is this information still good 4 yrs later?

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